December 30, 1862 – This Day During The American Civil War – George Moore Medal of Honor recipient(b. 1837 – d. July 24, 1904) was a Union Navy sailor in the American Civil War and a recipient of the U.S. military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor.
Moore, a crew member aboard the Rhode Island’s cutter boat, helped to rescue the crew members of the USS Monitor into the cutter, at the peril to his own life.
Seaman Moore’s official Medal of Honor citation reads:
Served on board the U.S.S. Rhode Island which was engaged in saving the lives of the officers and crew of the Monitor, 30 December 1862. Participating in the hazardous task of rescuing the officers and crew of the sinking Monitor, Moore after rescuing several of the men, became separated in a heavy gale with other members of the cutter that had set out from the Rhode Island, and spent many hours in the small boat at the mercy of the weather and high seas until finally picked up by a schooner 50 miles east of Cape Hatteras.